‘Cash-for-access’ fundraisers are a necessary part of politics

Geoff Plant was British Columbia’s attorney-general from 2001 to 2005. He practices law with Gall Legge Grant & Munroe in Vancouver.A growing chorus of voices calls for an end to what are derisively called “cash for access” political fundraisers. Most recently, Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to ban politicians from attending them. Respectfully, I dissent.

One such event that recently caught the public’s attention is a private federal Liberal Party fundraiser in Halifax attended by a small group of donors who paid $1,500 each. The featured guest was Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Two points of context. One, the law of Canada encourages individuals to donate up to $1,500 a year to political parties by granting a tax credit. Two, fundraising dinners are – and always have been – a basic feature of our democratic landscape.What is the difference between a big-ticket fundraiser attended by a very small group and a large-scale …
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